[Histonet] Specimens returned to patients....

Vicki Gauch GauchV <@t> mail.amc.edu
Mon Apr 19 12:53:57 CDT 2004

 We are in the middle of changing our policy on foreign body releases
as well.  We used to release all foreign bodies as long as the patient
signed for them, gave proof of ID, etc. ..then we also stopped releasing
anything that had been in formalin. Now our Risk Management Department
is trying to have us release nothing with the exception of law
enforcement agencies and court subpoenas.  We are working on the policy
as we speak...it looks as if our exempt tissue list will come into play
as well .  If I can be of any help to you, please feel free to contact
me at this e-mail address..

Vicki Gauch
Albany, NY

>>> Tom McNemar <TMcNemar <@t> lmhealth.org> 4/19/2004 1:37:12 PM >>>
Another question....

What specimens do you return to patients?  We used to give them
they asked for with their physician's consent.  A few yeas ago, we
give them anything that had to go into formalin.  About the only thing
give back to them now are gallstones and a question has been raised
that.  I would appreciate your input.

Tom Mc Nemar HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Licking Memorial Hospital
Newark, Ohio 43055

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